Semifinal matches set for women's tennis
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Once again the University of Arkansas Razorback women’s tennis team is making their mark on a national scale with athletes in the semifinals of singles and doubles at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
“To be in the semifinals of singles and doubles here is certainly a grand achievement for our ladies,” said Razorback head coach Michael Hegarty. “They have put in some great work this fall and hopefully the best is yet to come.”
It started with No. 1 Aurelija Miseviciute dropping Sacramento State’s No. 21 Katsiaryna Zheltova, 7-5, 6-2, in the round of 16. Miseviciute, the defending ITA Indoor singles champion, defeated No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas from Cal, 6-1, 6-2.
The senior Hog is set to face TCU’s No. 47 Nina Munch-Soegaard at 9 a.m. on Saturday for a chance to advance to the finals.
The Razorback duo of Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu dominated one of the nation’s top doubles teams for the second consecutive day. This time, the ITA Central Region doubles championships, dropped Southeastern Conference rival No. 11 Megan Falcon and Mykala Hedberg from LSU, 8-4.
The win pushes the unranked Arkansas duo into the semifinals on Saturday of the most prestigious individual indoor tennis tournaments. They will face No. 8 Renata Kucerova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State at 11:30 a.m. with a shot at heading to the finals with a win. Kucerova and Petukhova advanced into the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships last season.
In Tuscaloosa, Ala. freshman Emily Carbone will play in the finals of the Bronze Draw at the SEC Coaches’ Fall Classic, against Tennessee’s Jennifer Meredith on Saturday. Carbone advanced into the finals, 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2, over Alabama’s Taylor Lindsey.
For results following play at both tournaments, visit ARKANSASRAZORBACKS.COM
Singles Round of 16
#1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Ark.) def. #21 Katsiaryna Zheltova (SSU), 7-5, 6-2.
Nanar Airapetian/Anouk Tigu (Ark.) def. #11 Megan Falcon/Mykala Hedberg (LSU), 8-4.
SEC Coaches’ Fall Classic
– Melissa Koning(AU) def. No. 46 Ela Kaluder(Ark) 6-4, 6-3
– Emily Carbone(Ark) def. Taylor Lindsey(UA) 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2
– Radka Ferancova(MSU) def. Kate Lukomskaya(Ark) 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-1
-Tiffany Welcher/Paulina Bigos (UA) def. Emily Carbone/Kate Lukomskaya (Ark), 8-1.
-Jil Hastenrath/Whitney Chappell (Aub.) def. Emily Carbone/Kate Lukomskaya (Ark), 8-4.